Sun, Jul 22
10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Admission to each private garden is $7 for members and nonmembers without tickets purchased in advance.
Buy discounted admission tickets in advance! They can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
Nonmembers get 6 visits for the price of 5 with advanced ticket book purchase.
Members get 50% off ONLY by purchasing ticket books in advance.
Digging Deeper programs at Mettawa Manor:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Prairie Tours: Walk or join Bill on a club car ride to explore twenty acres of Midwest tall grass prairie in full bloom. Terrace Tastings: Enjoy local, artisanal treats and learn more about green markets and environmentally conscious food choices. Garden Selfies: A photographic and video exhibit of this garden through the seasons, plus pointers on better smart phone photos.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: The Buzz: To bring back pollinators, Mettawa Manor has three beehives which produce more than 100 pounds of honey each year. A beekeeper will show how the hives work, and visitors can sample “Bill’s Bees Mettawa Prairie Honey.”
Digging Deeper program at Camp Rosemary, Lake Forest. 3 p.m. Registration details here.
Visitors are also encouraged to include public gardens in their visiting plans - see the listings below for the Shakespeare Garden in Evanston and the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. Open Days tickets are also available at the Chicago Botanic Garden, at the membership desk.
- Highland Park ResidenceSun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • 1057 Lincoln Avenue South. Highland Park, IL, 60035
A sweeping driveway and naturalistic planting of bold masses of spirea and hydrangea create a subtle plinth for this refined white Georgian house set on a raised knoll in a quiet tree-dappled neighborhood...
- Mettawa ManorSun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • 25779 St. Mary's Road. Mettawa, IL, 60045
The house and grounds were built in 1927 as a family compound. Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis are only the second owners in the manor’s rich history and have been working for the past twenty-three years to...
- The Gardens at 900Sun 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM • 1065 Acorn Trail. Lake Forest, IL, 60045
The Gardens at 900 are a sensitive renovation and interpretation of the original entry building complex and gardens of Elawa Farm...
- Chicago Botanic GardenSun 8:00 AM• 1000 Lake Cook Road. Glencoe, IL, 60022
The Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the treasures of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, is a 385-acre living plant museum featuring twenty-four distinct display gardens surrounded by lakes...
- Shakespeare GardenSun 6:00 AM• 2133 Sheridan Road. Evanston, IL, 60208
Shakespeare Garden is nestled in a quiet central section of Northwestern University, on Garrett Place, behind Howes Memorial Chapel, hidden from view by a double wall of hawthorn hedges...